Title: The Accidentals
Author: Sarina Bowen
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.75 Stars!!
Release Date: July 10th, 2018
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Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.
I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.
My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.
When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul. There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.
My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.
Sarina Bowen’s debut YA novel is the ultimate coming of age story about loss, forgiveness and falling in love. The Accidentals is angsty, raw, witty and swoony. It broke my heart a few times before completely stealing it from me. It begs the question: can a burned bridge ever be repaired? The Accidentals is perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Jenn Bennett, Katie McGarry and Sarah Dessen.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself that you don’t read YA, so you can’t picture yourself enjoying this one. Well, you’d be wrong, and I’ll give you NUMBER reasons why you would. 🙂
1.The plot. This isn’t a fluffy tale of a lovesick teen. In fact, while there is romance, it isn’t the main focal point of the story. Instead, we find Rachel Kress, who is struggling after the death of her mother, who raised her as a single parent. As if losing a parent isn’t hard enough, Rachel has no one else to turn to. Or so she thinks, until she in introduced to Frederick Richards, aka “Freddy Ricks”, the famous musician. He is her father, and after 17 years of being absent, he wants to help take care of her. Suddenly Rachel is living a life completely different than the one she is used to, with a man she isn’t fully sure she even wants a relationship with. Cue the overloads of feelings. Sarina used my heart as a punching bag multiple times. We also see Rachel entering her senior year at a new boarding school, dealing with a roommate, new friends, and maybe even a new love.
2. Rachel. I loved everything about Rachel and her journey. Rachel is mature, intelligent, talented and quirky. She struggles with the idea that she isn’t enough, and kind of views herself as a burden. The relationship with Frederick isn’t an easy one, there are many ups and downs between the two as they navigate into unfamiliar territory. It felt completely real. It wasn’t wrapped up with a pretty bow but any means, and at times Rachel’s thoughts made me want to cry. At the same time, Rachel is also dealing with friendships, feelings, and hormones. So many pesky hormones. 😉
3. The romance. As I mentioned before, the romance isn’t the main part of the plot. That said, there is a ton of moments that are simply adorable. Jake and Rachel first meet via email. While it it suppose to be regarding information and questions about the boarding school, a friendship slowly forms between the school. Then, when Rachel finally meets Jake in person… that friendship feels like so much more.
4. The Characters. Sarina is the type of author that just knows how to bring a character to life. There are so many interesting characters in this book, with their own voices, personalities, and problems. It makes for such an incredible read, and brings such life to the book. I know sometimes side characters are not as well thought out or developed as the main ones, but that is one thing you do not have to worry about.
5. The writing. The writing in this book is everything you’d expect from a Sarina Bowen novel. From the witty dialogue to the touching moments, it is all so well-written. Every word has a purpose. I was truly addicted from the moment I started. It feels like a bit more mature of a YA book- there are no extreme over the top characters or unnecessary drama. Everything in this book felt genuine. It made me smile, laugh, swoon, and even tear up. This book was simply wonderful. ❤
So please, please do yourself a favor and take a chance on this book. You won’t regret it! Here’s to hoping this isn’t the last YA Sarina graces us with. 😉
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